It wasn’t my intention to write snarky snippets tonight, but … you know what Robert Burns said in his poem, To a Mouse … “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. Well, actually he said, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.” It’s rather a cute little poem, actually, though sad.
To a Mouse
On Turning Her Up in Her Nest With the Plough, November, 1785
Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a pannic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi’ bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee,
Wi’ murd’ring pattle!
I’m truly sorry man’s dominion,
Has broken nature’s social union,
An’ justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
I doubt na, whiles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen icker in a thrave
‘S a sma’ request;
I’ll get a blessin wi’ the lave,
An’ never miss’t!
Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin!
It’s silly wa’s the win’s are strewin!
An’ naething, now, to big a new ane,
O’ foggage green!
An’ bleak December’s winds ensuin,
Baith snell an’ keen!
Thou saw the fields laid bare an’ waste,
An’ weary winter comin fast,
An’ cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell-
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro’ thy cell.
Thy wee bit heap o’ leaves an’ stibble,
Has cost thee mony a weary nibble!
Now thou’s turn’d out, for a’ thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter’s sleety dribble,
An’ cranreuch cauld!
But, Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
Still thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me
The present only toucheth thee:
But, Och! I backward cast my e’e.
On prospects drear!
An’ forward, tho’ I canna see,
I guess an’ fear!
But, I have managed to digress, haven’t I? Now where was I? Oh yes, snarky snippets … the big news of the day, of course, is the Democratic debates, but I shan’t speak of those. Why? Because I didn’t watch them, haven’t yet read the transcripts, and from what I hear they were something less than informative. Later ones will, no doubt, be more relevant, but these … not so much. Too many candidates who haven’t a snowball’s chance clutters the discussion. But it seems that everything I saw in the news today annoyed me in one way or another. Take, for example …
A most unqualified nominee …
Earlier this year, Trump nominated an attorney named Justin Walker to a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Western District Court for Kentucky. However, Walker is highly UN-qualified for the spot. Turns out he has rarely spent any time in the courtroom, has never served as a sole or even lead lawyer in a federal trial case, apparently has never even taken a deposition from a witness, since he evaded that question more than once during his confirmation hearings.
“My role has been at times in the courtroom, but more often than not, exploring the law, writing about the law.”
The American Bar Association has warned the Senate that he is unqualified for the position. What, then, with little or no courtroom experience, possessed Trump to nominate him? Well, turns out Walker pushed hard for the appointment and subsequent Senate approval of Brett Kavanaugh. The “good ol’ boy reward system” hard at work.
It seems a no-brainer that this nominee, like so many of Trump’s others (well, ALL of them, actually) is a poor choice and should not be confirmed by the Senate. However, there is one senator, himself from Kentucky, who thinks Justin Walker is wonderful. Can you guess who?Yep, none other than #MoscowMitch himself. Go figure.
Sigh … just shut up, Senator …
Senator Kevin Cramer
Unless you are from the state of North Dakota, you’ve probably never heard of Kevin Cramer. Trust me, you’re not missing anything. Kevin Cramer is one of two senators from North Dakota and is, apparently, not too bright. In fact, after doing a bit of research this evening into Mr. Cramer’s not-so-illustrious career in the Senate, I am considering reprising my Idiot of the Week feature!
On Monday, for some reason, he addressed a gaggle of reporters. When asked about Trump’s recent and ongoing tirade against Representative Elijah Cummings, he responded that Cummings …
“… is not a victim of racism. He’s been given great privilege. The thing that’s offensive more than anything is that … the anti-Trump folks in Congress – use their positions to keep the weird impeachment thing alive. It does get a little bit tiring to have somebody who’s achieved as much as Elijah Cummings somehow calling people racist as though somehow he hasn’t been given a fair shake. My goodness gracious, he’s the chairman of a major committee, he’s elected to Congress.
I’m not really in the position to determine whether an offense has been made or not, but I also know that people in this town that are members of Congress that have achieved high things don’t make very good victims. They’re always liberals that are claiming victimhood, and yet they’re paid the same as us. They have the same power as every other person that’s in Congress, some of them have achieved high accomplishments like Elijah Cummings, who, again, it’s impossible not to respect him.
I could be a victim of racism, but I don’t offend easily, I just don’t offend that easily.”
“Well, if somebody said something about being from North Dakota, every now and then I get a snicker about it, somebody will say something about North Dakota in some snide way, I don’t offend because I’m comfortable with where I come from, I’m comfortable with who I am. I’m comfortable with my own accomplishments and the accomplishments of our state.”
Seems to me this man needs to study the definition of the word ‘racism’. Perhaps he could go on back to … what was the name of that obscure state that hardly anybody lives in again?
Well, folks, as you might guess, I have not yet run out of snark, for I haven’t even touched on Jeffrey Epstein yet, but … it’s late and I seem to have written enough for one night. I’m sure I’ll be back with more later. And one last thing. Next time one of your republican friends (if you have any left) tells you that he has the right to speak his mind, tell him that as soon as he finds it, you’ll be interested to hear it! Thanks to our friend Roger for that one!